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Israel Delivers First CAEW G550 to Italian Air Force

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Israel and Italy on Monday recognized another significant step in the realization of an agreement the two countries signed in 2012, with the delivery of the first of two aircraft armed with Conformal Airborne Early Warning & Control Systems (CAEW) to Italy. The ceremony, at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), was attended by the Italian ambassador, and officials from the Ministry of Defense’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and from the Italian Air Force.

The CAEW, developed by ELTA systems, a subsidiary of IAI, was installed on a G-550 Gulfstream. The second aircraft included in the agreement is expected to be delivered to the Italian Air Force in 2017.

The G550 CAEW is a unique CAEW solution built on radar installed on the sides of the aircraft. The CAEW provides aerial and maritime situational awareness with 360-degree surveillance of airborne targets at all altitudes, over any terrain and in any weather conditions, including maritime surveillance and electronic surveillance. It can operate at long ranges with extended flight time. The CAEW primary objective is to provide intelligence to maintain air superiority and conduct surveillance. The system is currently in-service in Israel, Singapore, and Italy, to be followed by the United States.

DDR&D Director, Brig. Gen. (res) Dr. Daniel Gold said at the ceremony: “The system reflects the deep, fruitful collaboration between the Italian and Israeli ministries of defense. It’s both sides’ understanding of the needs and challenges that stand before the other. In the framework of this agreement, one of the products of which we see here before us, the Italian government signed a reciprocal procurement agreement with the Israeli defense industries at a volume of more than $1.04 billion. This is a continuation of the procurement of 30 training aircraft for the [Israeli] Air Force, made in Italy. The cooperation is very substantial and significant to the Israeli industry, and allows for the development of advanced technologies to be used first and foremost by the IDF, and provides two warning aircraft with the worlds most advanced abilities.”

IAI President & CEO Joseph Weiss said: “As part of the strengthening of our close relations with Italy and European industry, we are pleased to hand over the CAEW, one of IAI’s most advanced systems, representing the next generation in Mission Aircraft, to the Italian Ministry of Defense. We are proud that the joint development program between IAI, Italian industry, and the Italian Ministry of Defense, has been highly successful and met the challenging schedule. We look forward to continuing this model of international cooperation with additional countries and customers.”

JNi.Media

Israeli Air Force Killing 4 in Attack on ISIS in Syria

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Israel Air Force planes on Sunday night attacked a facility in the southern Syrian Golan Heights controlled by the Jaish Khaled bin Al-Walid Army, a Salafi jihadist group active in southern Syria since May, 2016. The attack was in retaliation for a shooting by a squad of the jihadist group at an IDF force at the border.

The Jaish Khaled bin Al-Walid Army is a merger of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, the Islamic Muthanna Movement, and the Army of Jihad, all ISIS affiliates.

The IDF released a statement saying the site attacked by the IAF is an abandoned military base which was used in the past by UN peacekeeping forces. It was being used recently as a base of operations for the jihadists, from which they launched attacks at IDF units. According to IAF estimates, four terrorists were eliminated in the airstrike on the base.

According to the IDF, the overnight attack was an extension of a Sunday attack whose purpose was “to prevent the return of terrorists to a facility that poses a fundamental threat in the region.”

David Israel

IDF Special Force Unit to Require Officer’s Rank of All Fighters

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

The IDF Sayeret Matkal (General Staff Reconnaissance) special forces unit is about to become revolutionized as all its future warriors will be expected to attain an officer’s rank and sign up for an extra three years of service, on top of the current compulsory service time, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported Saturday. It will turn Sayeret Matkal into an officers-only force.

The IDF Intelligence HR departments are in the process of completing the work required to carry out this significant change in the unit. The main reason for the move has to do with the fact that the equipment and technological facility required of the unit’s fighters are exceptionally high, making their initial training time longer. The military does not want to lose its investment in these men when they are discharged after three or four years.

Fighters who are already part of the unit will be offered a shortened officers’ course, and would be obligated to sign for extended service which is a prerequisite of their new rank.

Sayeret Matkal was created to fill the void left in 1954, after Israel’s first special operations force Unit 101 was disbanded as a result of the Qibya massacre of October 1953. In 1957 Avraham Arnan, a former yeshiva student and Palmach fighter, was authorized by the IDF General Staff to create a unit that could be dispatched to enemy-held territory to carry out top secret intelligence-gathering missions. Modeled after the British Special Air Service, the unit was trained, among others, by Bedouin trackers. It also took advantage of the IDF new fleet of helicopters for longer and deeper missions in Arab territory.

JNi.Media

French Now Force Retailers to Mark Settlement Products

Friday, November 25th, 2016

The French government on Thursday announced new requirements of importers and retailers to label products from Jewish communities in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights.

The government’s “Notice to economic operators concerning the indication of origin of goods originating in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967” cites the November 2015 European Commission guidelines indicating that those areas are not part of the State of Israel. Because of that, the guidelines warn that suggesting a product originating there was made in Israel constitutes a deception of consumers. It is therefore necessary to note on the packages of these products whether they are from places where Jews had lived before or only after June, 1967.

The regulations are very specific about the duty of vendors to note, in addition to the geographical region from which the product had been shipped, the statement that the product was made in “an Israeli settlement.”

No one knows for sure why the French decided to announce these regulations now, one year after the EU had come up with its guidelines, the likes of which have not been issued against any other “occupied” area anywhere. Most EU members have not complied with the guidelines by following suit, as the French have just done, with their own local regulations.

Last year, the European Commission guidelines created a major conflict with the Netanyahu government, which accused the EU of singling out Israel for this kind of hostile and biased treatment. The EU toned down its attack only after Israel threatened to lock its representatives out of any future peace negotiations with the PA.

In that context, it is possible that the Élysée Palace move is in retaliation for Netanyahu’s refusal to attend a peace conference scheduled for some time in the near future in Paris.

David Israel

Report: IDF Force Levels Land in Northern Gaza Strip

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Israeli forces leveled land in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, according to Ma’an. Witnesses told Ma’an that four IDF bulldozers crossed the border fence east of the northern town of Beit Lahiya and leveled lands near the buffer zone, presumably in order to demolish terrorist tunnels that were being dug below ground.

The witnesses added that IDF drones hovered over the area during the incursion, and that military vehicles protected the bulldozers from Hamas forces.

Also, IDF troops exchanged fire with local Arabs from watchtowers east of the village of Khuzaa, in the southern Gaza Strip district of Khan Yunis. There were no casualties.

The Jewish Press Online contacted the IDF Spokesperson’s Office for a statement.

David Israel

Kim Kardashian Hires IDF Special Force Vet

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Reality star Kim Kardashian, who was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room, has reportedly hired Aaron Cohen, a veteran of the IDF elite Duvdevan Unit. Cohen, who was born in Canada and grew up in LOs Angeles, made Aliyah when he was 17, lived on a kibbutz (two of them, actually) and was drafted into the IDF as a lone soldier. He served in the Mistar’avim undercover unit that merges with the Arab population, as part of the elite Duvdevan Unit.

Cohen owns a security company for celebrities in the US, with clients such as Brad Pitt and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Kardashian has now been added to his client list. Kardashian’s husband, singer Kanye West, apparently hired Cohen, to tighten his wife’s security. Cohen also trains mercenaries, and teaches Hollywood actors hand-to-hand combat the use of various weapons,

Cohen told the press his client is “a star who has more followers on social media than presidential candidates. People know where she is at almost every moment, what jewelry she has on and also that her security is lacking. You could say she’s ‘asking’ to be robbed. With everything that happened, she’s lucky to be alive.”

David Israel

46 Dead as Egyptian Air Force Strikes ISIS in Northern Sinai

Monday, August 1st, 2016

The Egyptian Air Force attacked a Da’esh terrorist installation in northern Sinai on Sunday, where Egyptian intelligence reported a large number of ISIS operatives were gathered.

Egyptian government forces targeted a weapons plant where security officials said explosives were being manufactured by the terrorist organization.

At least 46 armed men were reportedly killed in the air strike, according to Sky News.

Hana Levi Julian

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